An Amish man, Samuel Mullet, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for directing a campaign of hair-cutting amongst the Amish people he considered to be wrong in their religious beliefs. His followers, who actually committed the crimes, received lesser sentences of one to seven years.
The judge considered Mullet and his followers had committed hate crimes, terrorising and traumatising their victims because of a religious dispute. The BBC report says: "Amish people believe the Bible instructs women not to cut their hair, and men to grow beards once they marry."
I think the Ohio judge was very sympathetic to the Amish people and their beliefs. If there were Amish in Ireland, would they have received as much sympathy and understanding?
BBC News - Samuel Mullet and Amish beard-cutters jailed in Ohio
Here is Samuel Mullet, aged 67: